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Sunanda and Satimay Basu International Early Career Award Committee

Committee Members



Committee Role

John Habarulema South African National Space Agency

Committee Chair

Maria Alves 

National Institute for Space Research 


Anil Bhardwaj 

Physical Research Laboratory Ahmedabad India  Member 

Zuyin Pu 


Pornchai Supnithi  King Mongkut Inst Tech 


Rosa Maymi              


Staff Partner; Director, Engagement and Membership

Brendon Kim              


Staff Partner; Program Coordinator, Section Awards and Lectures

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the Sunanda And Satimay Basu (International) Early Career Award In Sun-Earth Systems Science. Committee members will abide by AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy, program policies, procedures and guidelines set by AGU. In partnership with the Honors and Recognition Committee and staff, the committee works to ensure that the program is superior in all respects, recognizes all constituents, and fosters a global network of individuals in the Earth and space sciences who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education, and outreach. The members of the Basu International Early Career Award Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the award is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.


Key Duties

The Basu International Early Career Award Committee supports the following initiatives and duties and serves a two-year term. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.

  • 1
    Review data from award selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals.
  • 2
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of award nominations is competitive.
  • 3
    Select the Basu International Early Career Award recipient.
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nomination.
  • 5
    Participate in training, orientations, and workshops on associated Honors and Recognition policies and processes.
  • 6
    Understand and commit to AGU’s Conflict of Interest policy and process.
  • 7
    Provide input and recommendations to the Honors and Recognition Committee on program improvements.
  • 8
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs.